President’s Posts

Michael Rao, Ph.D.

Category results for: East Marshall Street Well Project

Addressing VCU’s historical connections to slavery

As a forward-focused, inclusive and diverse community committed to saving and improving all human lives, VCU must acknowledge and thoughtfully examine the role of racism and the institution of slavery in the institution’s past. With our full support, in 2021, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation focused on  Virginia’s five oldest colleges and universities – […]

East Marshall Street Well project update: honoring the ancestral remains

At VCU we are committed to service and the advancement of humanity. And, at times we must work together to right injustices that were committed in the past to members of humanity who did not have a voice. On Nov. 25 at 1:00 p.m. we will welcome and honor the ancestral remains of the souls […]

East Marshall Street Well Update: Presentation and Recommendations

Earlier this week I received recommendations from the Family Representative Council on how to properly memorialize and inter the remains of individuals found in an abandoned well on East Marshall Street in 1994. The remains of people, largely of African and African American descent, would have been lost to time had construction of the Hermes […]

East Marshall Street Well Project Update

I am thankful for the group of volunteers who came together as the Family Representative Council to properly address and memorialize these individuals.